Humans evolved to love nature. So city-dwellers, too, can and are rediscovering this natural connection, finding that it enhances our health, learning, and fun. As we reconnect with nature, it’s likely that support for public action to heal the natural world will grow too. (Frances Moore Lappé, EcoMind: Changing the way we think, to create the world we want, p.197)
That quote was in my mind when I came across an interesting link, courtesy of Knowledge Ecology, on a new proposed national park in Korea.
Rotterdam-based urban design and landscape architecture practice west 8 and korean firm IROJE have collaboratively designed ‘Yongsan park’, the winning proposal for the International Competition for Master plan of Yongsan park in Seoul, Korea. The master plan transforms a 243 hectare site within the center of the urban fabric which has been isolated with a secure wall into a park. Previously used as a military base during both Japanese and American occupation, the green space will provide residents with a sublime setting which fuses nature, culture, history and the future.
Restoring a native environment within a developed hardscape, the plan will restore the lost ecological system and expand upon the history and characteristics of the area. Creating an urban culture, the park will move the city towards a sustainable methodology through a concept of healing. Following Korean societal and landscape values, the ground will be excavated for a lake while the generated soil will be used as fill for a dramatic topography of hills to recreate unspoiled scenery. Between the mounds, streams, ponds and lotus basins will appear as well as undulating meadows. This national park is the first inside a Korean city and will be comparable in size and program to New York’s Central Park.
All photos from west 8 urban design & landscape architecture.
More conceptual designs can be found HERE. The vision of the designers is to create a park in which “nature, culture, history and the future come into harmony.”
What do you think?
Lappé, Frances Moore. EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create The World We Want. Small Planet Institute, New York: 2011.